Schilling not backing Thomas in skipping White House


Schilling not backing Thomas in skipping White House

When you think of right-wing athletes, past or present, Curt Schilling should be one of the first that comes to mind.

But even Mr. Bloody Sock himself wouldn't back up Thomas in his decision to skip out on the White House visit last week.

"My biggest issue, from a personal perspective -- and again whether I question whether he went or not, I don't, he made the choice and he'll reap whatever he has to sow after -- I'm not a fan of our President I don't believe in a lot of the things he's doing, but I will always have respect for our office" Schilling said.

Thomas was pretty clear in his Facebook statement that he wasn't happy with the direction the government as a whole was heading. That feeling led to him not attending the event, while the rest of his team did.

But Schilling thinks that if Thomas had so many issues, it would have probably helped his cause further by going and stating some of his issues to President Obama himself.

"I would not have not gone," Schilling said. "And that's just me. Again, I think I would have had a better chance being at the White House than not and I certainly would have taken that chance."

Instead of a celebration of the Bruins being honored at the White House, it turned into a "Why didn't Thomas go?" event.

"I don't think the intent was to make it about him," Schilling said. "I don't think he sat out and said, 'I'll get attention if I don't go.'"

But that attention came. And while Thomas wouldn't speak on it, his teammates were forced to answer for him. That's something that Schilling himself says he realized once his career was finished, and wished he could act differently in that respect.

"The problem is that now you don't live in asylum," Thomas said. "His teammates are going to have go field questions and answer questions, and that's where so many times in my career I didn't factor that in. And that's just ignorance or immaturity, I'm not sure what, maybe both."

There's no room for "ignorance or immaturity" if you're the main reason the Bruins are what they are -- Stanley Cup Champions. Thomas has to realize what he means to the team.

"That guy is the Michael Jordan of the Bruins, and he is the face of that team whether he wants to be or not is irrelevant," Schilling said. "It's the thing I've always said, when you're the face of a franchise, fair or foul, right and wrong, they don't play in. You have a responsibility to your teammates, to the fans and the organization to represent them in a way that isn't counterintuitive to winning games."

Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17


Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17

ARLINGTON, Texas - Maybe the Cowboys will be OK without quarterback Tony Romo this time. The future of the Dallas running game with Ezekiel Elliott looks pretty good, too.

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass in fellow rookie Elliott's first 100-yard game, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without the injured Romo over three seasons before the fourth-round pick showed up.

Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia's Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals for a rookie in NFL history.

"Dak's handled every opportunity he's had right from the start really, really well," coach Jason Garrett said. "No different tonight."

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox.

Making his 27th career start for his fourth different team, Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards - a good portion of that with the game out of each late in the fourth quarter - and threw for two scores to Zach Miller.

"We haven't played a complete game," Fox said. "This week was the reverse of what we've had. We played very poorly in the first half."

Elliott finished with 140 yards on 30 carries, including a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski. The Cowboys kept giving him the ball while trying to work the clock with a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter a week after he was benched because of two fumbles in a win over Washington.

"Made a lot of good runs tonight, a lot tough runs, a lot of NFL runs," Garrett said. "He's physically tough. He's mentally tough."

It didn't even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week.

Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas' first home win since last year's opener, which was a week before the first of two broken left collarbones that kept Romo out of 12 games last season.

Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason.

Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of last year, when they finished 4-12.

Because the Bears fell behind again, they couldn't do much with the running game. They had just 15 carries for 73 yards and lost leading rusher Jeremy Langford to an ankle injury in the second half.